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July 08, 2016
Berkeley, July 8, 2016 –Why should story times only be for children? Berkeley Public Library offers Adult Story Time, an ongoing series of short stories for a more sophisticated audience. In our newest production, Carson McCullers’ short story A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud comes to life as Reader’s Theater on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) in the Fourth floor Story Room. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6241.
July 07, 2016
Berkeley, CA. July 7, 2016 –Get an insider’s view on interpreting Shakespeare in the BBC series, Playing Shakespeare. John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company demonstrates how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity.
July 05, 2016
Berkeley CA July 7, 2016 – Berkeley Public Library announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and Comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.
June 30, 2016
The Berkeley Public Library invites you to come share your story, and learn the basics of Digital Storytelling, at a special two-day workshop: Friday, July 22 & Saturday, July 23, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the StoryCenter
June 14, 2016
Berkeley, June 15, 2016 – The Berkeley Public Library is thrilled to welcome author Mary Roach to Berkeley to talk about her new book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. This book discussion will be Saturday, June 25 at 7:00pm at the Northbrae Community Church, located at 941 The Alameda, Berkeley CA 94707. This special presentation is the latest in an ongoing “Bones and Books” series of literary events with a scientific bent, a collaboration between Bone Room store employees and the Berkeley Public Library.
June 10, 2016

Berkeley, June 9, 2016 – Berkeley Public Library welcomes Tim Fuller in a concert of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar music on Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 pm at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) on the 5th Floor, Art & Music department. The Hawaiian Slack Key tradition features a steel or nylon string guitar with unique tunings played in a finger-picked style.

June 10, 2016
Berkeley, CA. June 10, 2016 – Are you ready for summer? Don’t think you have the right shape for a bikini? Worry no more! The Berkeley Public Library presents the Fat Positive Summer Festival, a series of events developed with author and activist Virgie Tovar. Tovar is one of the nation’s leading experts on fat discrimination and body image, the editor of the anthology, Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion, the founder of Babecamp – an online course designed to help women “break-up with diet culture” and love their own bodies, and writes the columns Take the Cake for Ravishly.com and Ask Virgie for WearYourVoiceMag.com.
June 10, 2016
Berkeley, CA, June 10, 2016— Come to the Claremont Branch on Saturday, June 25 from 2:00 – 3:00pm to hear local poet Joyce E. Young read her poetry, followed by an interview and discussion as part of the Library’s Clearly Meant Poetry series. A free eight-page chapbook of Joyce Young’s poems can be picked up at any branch of the Berkeley Public Library.
May 10, 2016
Groundbreaking southern author Dorothy Allison speaks at the Central Library in Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00pm in the Community Meeting Room. Dorothy Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
May 10, 2016
Richard Schwartz, noted local author and scholar, will give an illustrated talk on the hidden Indian Life in Berkeley and the evidence surrounding it on Saturday May 28, 2016 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge Street in Berkeley, CA.
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